If you’re heading to Bali and want to experience a quieter, less touristy area in the Island of the Gods, then you should check out Canggu. I was the lucky winner of a $500 Airbnb voucher early in 2015, and saved the voucher for our trip to Bali. It was worth the wait – we got the most amazing villa ever (post coming soon!)
We managed to book this amazing villa in the Canggu area, away from the busy Seminyak and Kuta areas. Canggu is much quieter, just a short 15 to 20 minutes drive up north from Seminyak. Our villa was within walking distance from beautiful padi fields and Canggu Beach – this is where lots of people head to for surfing lessons. If you’re in the vicinity, check out Canggu Beach club for its amazing infinity pool as well – it’s open to public, and you can grab a tent so long as you purchase a drink.
There is also this long stretch of road with plenty of local designer stores and beautifully decorated restaurants. We spent most of our days away at sea on dives, so it was mostly only during the evenings that we got to explore this stretch of Canggu.
So here is our list of 6 must-try restaurants and cafes in Bali’s Canggu district!
1. Bebek Tepi Sawah
This one’s around the Canggu area, but to be exact it’s in the Kuta Utara vicinity. We only discovered Bebek Tepi Sawah on the last evening in Bali, and we were looking for a nice restaurant to chill out and have a celebratory dinner (having completed 12 dives for this trip!) There is a large stone sign located along Jalan Batu Belig, with ducks on it, no less – kinda hard to miss!
Right where this sign is, there’s a beer garden on the same lot, so you’ll have to walk in a little bit before you see the Bebek Tepi Sawah restaurant proper.
They have both outdoor and indoor seating – there’s outdoor seating, followed by an indoor section, and then after that another larger outdoor area with huts where you sit on all fours. And of course we chose the outdoor huts – they were so pretty, how could we resist? It’s really a perfect place to chill with some friends while you wait for the sun to set, and the cool evening breeze to swing around.
It looks like it would be really expensive – but it’s really not! Their signature crispy duck cost only about IDR 92,000 – that’s less than SGD 9.50 for amazing, authentic Balinese cuisine.
And of course, we ordered a ton of food.
We tried the crispy and grilled duck, sambal grilled chicken, skewers, and calamari – SO YUMMY! Special shoutout goes to the crispy duck – it was flavorful and every bite packed a crispy punch. Super satisfying!
Free appetizers were also served in the form of these deep fried veggies. Is it spinach? Kangkong? We weren’t too sure, but it was damn right delicious. So delicious that we kept asking for more and eventually asked them to pack a box for us to take home to our villa (so that we could snack on it later that night!)
P.S. Right after the outdoor seats in the back is another pretty building with a blue door. That’s a spa, and it was fully booked when we got there. Bummer! It’s a little pricier than what you would get elsewhere, but judging from the packed schedule I’d assume it’s not too bad.
Jl. Batu Belig No. 88A, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Check out Bebek Tepi Sawah’s website here!
2. Trattoria & Suksema
If you’re in the Kuta Utara/Canggu area and want to have some comfort food (think pizza, pasta and sushi!) then stop by Trattoria and Suksema.
This was a 10 minute walk from our villa. We had to pass by this plaza area on the way back to our villa, so this became a pit stop for us. The food was good, and I’m pretty sure I had at least 3 or 4 meals here! It’s right next to Suksema Sushi Bar, and you can order sushi from the bar while you dine at Trattoria. We had our fill of pasta, pizza, and sushi at this spot, and it was soooo good!
Plus – right there (where the white walls and blue sign is in the above picture) is a massage parlour as well, so you can choose to have a relaxing massage before your meal.
I had the steak in cream sauce – medium rare, of course. It’s not the best steak I’ve had, but it was decent. I loved the pairing of creamy mushroom sauce with my steak though! I particularly liked the mash potatoes though, creamy and so delish.
This is pretty cool – wheat grass shots with lime! Apparently packed with loads of vitamins and nutrients to get you going for the day!
Canggu Plaza, Jalan Taman Wisata Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Tel +62 822 4735 4709 / +62 851 0064 3400
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 11:00pm
Check out Trattoria’s website here!
3. Hog Wild in Bali
Like everything else on this list, we came to know of this restaurant through pure coincidence. We passed by this particular restaurant every day on our journey out to sea, and we’d always see a queue forming outside this place in the evenings. And of course, got queue means must be good right? #TrueBlueSingaporean
But we were lucky – we arrived around 6ish, and there was no queue! We got seated immediately. The queue probably starts forming only around 7pm, so if you want to get in fast, be there early!
As the name suggests, Hog Wild in Bali is apparently famous for its BBQ Ribs! So of course we had to give it a try – and IT WAS AWESOME! I’m personally not much of a ribs person, but I can finish off an entire platter of that. The sauce is tangy and spicy, flavored perfectly to a T. The meat itself was smoked and charred beautifully, incredibly tender and also fell apart easily.
Other must-try items include the grilled corn, quesadillas, and nasi goreng. Everything was really good, and tasted even better when washed down with ice cold beer 😉
Plus, check out the decor – you will find some pretty quirky art in here!
Once you’re done with your scrumptious meal, they also have a gift shop right next to the restaurant – named “Wild Oleh Oleh.” You’ll find piggy artefacts, souvenirs, and gifts, and even trinkets or accessories you can use on your next visit to the beach!
41 Jalan Batu Belig, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Tel +62 361 847 6722 / +62 0828 3616 724
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:30pm
4. Poule De Luxe
Poule De Luxe is right opposite Hog Wild in Bali, and is a great pit stop after your hearty meal of ribs. Poule De Luxe boasts two beautifully decorated floors – with drinks, sweet treats, and trinkets (think designer caps, temporary tattoos, pretty handmade accessories etc.) on the first floor, and a concept store on the second floor. With plenty of sunlight streaming in through its big glass doors, it’s also a lovely place to spend a quiet afternoon with coffee (and WiFi!).
There’s a concept store upstairs with gorgeous swimwear and casual wear – it’s a bit pricier (each piece might cost you upwards of SGD 60) but they are all so gorgeous!
They also have a variety of cream puffs, all of which are made with love freshly each day. Each puff is priced at IDR 20,000, or you can get a box of 6 for IDR 110,000. Plus, there are 12 yummy flavors to choose from! If you’re in Bali celebrating a birthday or any special occasion, you can also pre-order these pretty puffs for your party.
16D Jalan Batu Belig, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Tel +62 361 847 54 14
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 11:00pm
5. Lost & Found
If you’re a brunch aficionado, then Lost & Found is the place for you. Located amidst rice terraces along the Canggu distract, Lost & Found is an unassuming little cafe you might just miss. Look out for this sign and the colorful murals along Jalan Subak Sari (just a couple minutes north from Splash Water Park).
Another tip: just look out for a splash of green on wood, and you probably found the place 😉 The decor here is cosy and earthy, and again is another delightful place to watch a few hours go by. It’s got a chill vibe and a lovely ambience for intimate gatherings.
This is another cafe we just happened to chance upon. And lucky us to have found a brunch haven serving healthy comfort food, with lots of juices and organic foods to whet our appetite! The foods here are packed with energy, which will leave you feeling powered and recharged for the rest of your day.
We ordered a variety of breakfast food – american breakfast, eggs and toast, grilled mushrooms, yoghurt & muesli, and crepes! The food was so fresh, not too oily, and most importantly, it was cheap and good!
Besides brunch items, Lost & Found also serves hearty Indonesian and Western fare. Everyone ordered breakfast food, except of course my man who likes to have rice for his first meal of the day. He ordered the fried rice (Nasi Goreng) which was so damn good that I kept stealing bites. But it was so good that it also disappeared while I was busy taking snaps of the other dishes. LOL!
They also have a shelf full of items for sale! Here you can find stuff like organic essential oils, accessories, cushion covers, wallets, and more. However do note these are a little pricier, so check the tag before you buy.
Jalan Subak Sari No. 3, Ds Tibu Beneng, Canggu, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Tel +62 361 844 6453
Opening Hours: 08:00am to 05:00pm
6. 4 Quarters Cafe
This is another hidden gem located in the Canggu vicinity. 4 Quarters Cafe is the on-site cafe within another set of villas (4Quarters Bali), which was right next to our villa. This cafe was literally was right outside our villa’s door! Start your day with a power-packed brunch before you head to nearby Berawa and/or Canggu Beach – both are reachable on foot from here.
It’s a small and cosy cafe with warm interiors and comfy seats. Immerse yourself in the art on the walls as you sip on coffee (the coffee here is really good, guys!) There are plenty of travellers here, probably from the villas next door – ample opportunities to mingle and meet with like-minded folks.
4Quarters Cafe has a wide variety of brunch options, including scrambled eggs on toast, muffins, oatmeal porridge, french toast, pancakes… are you drooling yet?
4Quarters Cafe Photo Credits: Amanda Seah
Jalan Discovery Gang Beji No. 3, Berawa Canggu, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 07:30am to 03:00pm
For a lazy day away from the bustling Seminyak or Kuta districts, be sure to check out Canggu and all its hidden gems. If you have any other recommended restaurants or cafes in and around the Canggu vicinty, be sure to let us know in the comments below!